Blood as Economic Indicator?

I’m tied up with a real project (real deadline) early this week, and posting will be light. But no deadline can stand in the way of Shanghai Daily’s round-up of Shanghai-based Spring Festival statistics, and this head-scratcher of an editor’s note: EDITOR’S note: The economic downturn seemed to have little effect on Shanghai’s Lunar New…

Flying Turtles and the Spinning God of Real Estate.

Below, the soon-to-be iconic view from the 94th floor observation deck at the newly opened Shanghai World Financial Center, taken last night. Full-access to the three observation decks is a pricey RMB 150 (more than the cost of a trip to the Empire State Building’s outdoor deck!), and perhaps – in recognition of that fact…

Big Dumb Recycling Machine.

[12 September 2008 – Suddenly, this post is generating several hits per day from Venezuela. Could someone explain why?] A couple of weeks ago Shanghai Daily reported that China’s first automatic “drinking bottle recycling machine” had been installed on Nanjing Road for RMB 30,000 (US$4290). The idea is simple: after finishing your canned or bottled…